Local papers and NZZ provide very small exceptions
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The tough life for print media in Switzerland continues, with few and small exceptions, figures released Monday 1 October by national media observer group Remp show.
NZZ am Sonntag was the only national newspaper to show growth in circulation, based on the number of copies printed, with a 0.5 percent increase from 2011 to 2012.
French language newspapers continued to lose readers, with one small regional exception, La Côte, up 3 percent (about 235 copies) to 8,643 copies in the rapidly growing lakefront area around Lake Geneva.
The most dire situation is that of Le Matin Dimanche, which in the past year fell by 8.6 percent after several years of large slides, to 160,999 copies.
Other newspapers were not spared:
24 heures largest paying newspaper, down 5.4 percent to 71,957 copies
La Tribune de Genève, second largest, down 5.4 percent to 48,688
Le Matin, down 3.1 percent to 55,299
Le Temps, down 2.1 percent to 41,531
Geneva’s Le Courrier down by 2.5 percent to 7,791.
The slippage has also reached the free newspapers, and French-speaking Switzerland’s only one, 20 Minutes, was down by 515 copies, to 202,892.
A bright spot: for the first time in several years, weekly news magazine L’Hebdo saw circulation rise, by 0.2 percent to 45,327 copies.